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Usuzan Car Tours

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Usuzan Car Tours

Looking a car tour or a chauffeur to Mount Usu? Mount Usu is an active volcano standing at 737 meters, located near Lake Toya in Hokkaido. It has been around for 20,000 years standing next the Lake Toya. In the past 100 years, the volcano has erupted four times, with the latest eruption in 2000 that lasted for five months. The other eruptions happened in 1910, 1944, and 1977. Along with Lake Toya and Mount Showa-Shinzan, they hold the UNESCO Geopark status. As a reliable limo company, we focus on providing best car tours and chauffeur service to Usuzan for international travelers, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

The best way to see Usuzan up close is to ride the Usu Ropeway cable car. It brings you up close to the volcano's summit taking about 6 minutes to reach the top. At the mountaintop station, there is an observation deck on the right and another observation deck after a short walk that takes you to the original site of the mountain's eruption. The upper station of the observation deck offers panoramic views of Lake Toya, Showa-Shinzan, and some craters that fume volcanic smoke. From the second observation deck, there are views of the ocean and Mount Usu's largest crater, formed by the 1977 eruption. There is a path that leads further, taking an extra hour but leads down into and around the Usu Crater Basin.

At the bottom of the ropeway, there is a visitor center that offers a free 'eruption experience room'. You can experience the sounds and sights of an eruption and feel the magma welling up from below the ground. Inside the visitor center is information about the volcanoes and the geology of the area on the site. There are also shops for souvenirs and a few restaurants at the center.

How to Get to Usuzan
Opening Hours: 9:00-16:00 (longer hours during summer)
Entrance Ticket: 1600 Yen (Ropeway round trip)
Address: Showashinzan, Sobetsu, Usuzan, Hokkaido
Duration: 2-3 hours

Usuzan Charter Van and Chauffeur

As a reliable limo and tour company, we provide you with private van tours and chauffeur to Usuzan for international travelers. Whether you are looking for a short Usuzan charter car tour or a private chauffeur, you can easily find the most suitable one at affordable prices. Contact our representatives to book our Hokkaido Private Chauffeurs.

Most Frequently Asked Questions

  • How often does the ropeway cabin depart? How long does it take to get to the top of the mountain?
    The ropeway cabin departs every 15 minutes, and takes about 6 minutes to get to the top.
  • What are other places to see near Mt. Usuzan?
    Popular tourist attractions are Mount Usu Eruption Memorial Park, Toyako Visitor Center, Lake Toya, Showa-shinzan, Showa Shinzan Bear Ranch, and Onsen Street.
  • Do you provide any half-day or full day trip to Mt. Usuzan?
    We do provide half-day or full day trip. However, due to the high demand on tour guides during high season, the price is expensive. Instead, we recommend booking a private transfer service, and we can arrange a driver speaking simple English.
  • What are some recommended hotels near Mt. Usuzan?
    There are many hotels with different level of rating. For hotels with quality and reasonable prices, you can consider:
    Toyako Manseikaku Hotel Lakeside Terrace
    Hotel Grand Toya
    Granvillage Toya Daiwa Ryokan Annex
  • How to get to Mt. Usuzan with public transportation?
    JR + Bus: Take the JR express line from New Chitose Airport Station to JR Toya Station, which takes 1h 36 min. Or take the JR from Sapporo Station to Toya Station, which take 1h52min. Once arrive at Toya Station, take the Donan Bus to the Toya Onsen stop, which takes approximately 15 min. Lastly, transfers to another bus and get off at the Showa-shinzan bus terminal.
    Please note: the bus from Toya Onsen to Showa-shinzan does not operate in winter. The service will resume in late April.

    Bus: Take the 10 bus at the Sapporo station (there are 4 buses to Toyako Onsen Bus Terminal daily. Tickets can be purchased at the windows). At the Toyako Onsen Bus Terminal, transfers to another bus and get off at the Showa-shinzan bus terminal.
  • What are the operating hours of Usuzan Ropeway? How can I purchase a ticket?
    Tickets can be purchased at door.
    Winter hours (Dec 1-Feb 28): 9:00-15:45
    Spring hours (Mar 1-Mar 31): 8:30-16:30
    Summer hours (Apr 1-Oct 31): 8:15-16:45
    Fall hours (Nov 1-Nov 30): 8:30-15:45
    The hours may vary from time to time, please see check the official website for the most up to date schedule:
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